Woke up about 0330 and while sipping on a grog and with nothing better to do I found a Matt Easton video that gave me an idea I hadn’t thought of and that is a kukri/shield combination. From what I gather from the forum members is that you as a whole are not that keen on shields, which is unfortunate as I think you all are missing the boat. I am sold on shields 100% and value one as much as my sword. I went out this morning and gave it a try. They make a good combination. I dare say it would give a meaner cut than with my other swords. The disadvantage, if that is the word, is the measure is decreased, but for in the house defence that may be the ideal, certainly excellent. Thought that I’d pass that along as I hadn’t heard of anyone using it. The kukri I used weighed 750 g, with a 11” blade, and .395” spine. Yeah, on the hefty side.
A hoplon and kopis isn't far off from what you are suggesting. I don't see why it would be problematic for anyone. A shield would certainly help compensate for the weaknesses of a kukri, namely short length and poor defensive options.
It's traditional. Either a buckler or larger-than-buckler but still small round shield, and a long relatively light kukri (maybe 17-20" of blade, 600-900g).
The other traditional Nepali combination was kora and shield. These soldiers all have kukri and kora, and most (maybe all) have shields or bucklers. The left-hand two in the back row have long kukris and the others have shorter ones:
Thanks Timo. I gave it a go this morning and it just felt “right”. My preferred shield is a 23” round but I have a 12” buckler. I laid a 1.8 litro bottle wide open with a tip cut and felt nothing, like fanning air. I now have a new toy in my arsenal.
I'm glad to see the topic have traction. Honestly. A buckler is the best way to use a kukri, me thinks. A bigger shield like a targe is even better. But that's all I got, so I don't have much more to offer
I. 33 changed the way I look at weapons. And I have a ton of topics I have saved in my mind to share at some point
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Aug 19, 2019 4:04:36 GMT
christain: Major power fluxes and outages wide-spread all across N.E. Texas, and a big explosion and fire at a Eastman facility in Longview, Tx.
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christain: It was just sooo weird. We each have lamps on both sides of the bed. Hers went out but mine stayed on...and they are both plugged into the SAME wall socket?!?! I used to work in the electrical business, and I've never heard of such.
Aug 19, 2019 1:02:13 GMT
nerdthenord: We get those sometimes in the hell days of summer.
Aug 19, 2019 0:53:59 GMT
christain: Oh wow...We just had an electrical 'brown-out'. That's never happened here that I remember. Weird thing is, some of the lights went off, others didn't. Dish TV went off. AC shut off. Everything's normal now though. Happened at my sister's next door too. ?
Aug 18, 2019 22:20:59 GMT
ouroboros: N I could almost buy a small airship with what I'd save 95$ off
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ouroboros: Now all I need is an airship!
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christain: You'd be the talk of the neighborhood wearing a top hat and swinging a katana around!
Aug 18, 2019 0:44:55 GMT
ouroboros: I missed the leather steampunk top hat damnitall
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christain: I said I MAY do a vinegar treatment. If I do, I'll definitely post pics.
Aug 18, 2019 0:41:46 GMT
ouroboros: I watched the spearhead fly by...lemme know via some pics how that turns out
Aug 18, 2019 0:34:39 GMT
christain: Got my Viking spear head just today from the DotD last week! This thing's bad-ass---solid as a rock. I may do a vinegar treatment on it for some artificial aging.
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